The new NXT Champion came out to a mixed reaction .The crowd was split between him and Sami Zayn.
Owens said that whether we like what he does or not, he does exactly what he said he was going to do. There is a common internet comment that comes to mind when I hear this: “No, you’re not wrong, you’re just a douche”. To say this in a more civilized way, yes, Owens is good at what he does and it’s his choice how he treats his friends. Nonetheless, acting as disrespectfully and ruthlessly as he did, is not right. He didn’t need to go overboard to take the championship home to his family. The whole family-based reasoning is more of an excuse than anything else. Whoever came up with this gimmick for Kevin Owens managed to somehow pick everything that irritates me and stuff it in one character.
Kevin Owens disregarded Sami as a thing of the past and directed his attention to Finn Balor.
This perfectly sets up for a triple threat at the next TakeOver. Sadly, I’m worried that Sami Zayn might not come out victorious. Regardless, we’re bound to have a match that will be remembered for years to come.
Rhyno vs. Elias Samson
Rhyno debuted on NXT and speared Elias Samson for the victory.
Rhyno is impressive, I admit, but I feel sorry for Elias Samson. All we see him do on TV is job. This is sad. The WWE wouldn’t have signed him if he wasn’t one of the best. I don’t like it when superstars are branded as jobbers before they’ve even had the chance to show what they can do.
Finn Balor was just challenging Kevin Owens to a match anytime, anywhere when he got interrupted by Rhyno, who stared him down angrily.
I wonder if this is a feud in the making or just a little segment thrown in to provide some character display for Rhyno. And if I were to put up Rhyno against somebody on the NXT roster, I’d pick Baron Corbin.
The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
The Vaudevillains were manhandling Enzo until the moment Big Cass tagged in. Then Big Cass ran them over and won the match.
Blake and Murphy popped up in the screen and started flirting with Carmella, while trash-talking Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
First, how come the Vaudevillains got jumped over when it comes to getting the Tag Team Titles? Also, who came up with the absurd idea of turning Blake and Murphy heel?! They are so likeable! Why?!
CJ Parker/ Solomon Crowe
CJ Parker was upset because he didn’t get to wrestle at NXT Takeover. He wanted to take over the show and started taping the ring. Solomn Crowe attacked him from behind, knocked him down, putting an end to this unfortunate protest.
I’m a bit disappointed. I expected more from Solomon Crowe’s debut. What was he last night? Security? Taking out someone with jobber status isn’t the most impressive thing you could do upon entering the stage.
Sasha Banks vs. Blue Pants
First person to face after winning the NXT Women’s Championship is Blue Pants? Were all the divas on vacation or something?
Obviously, The Boss won. It was by a submission.
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
The match started off as a copy of Zayn vs. Owens at TakeOver with the smaller guy being decimated brutally. However, Adrian Neville made a comeback and delivered an outstanding performance.
How can anyone stay calm and silent while watching Neville wrestle!? 450 splash from the apron to the floor. They call him the Man Gravity Forgot for a reason. Also, if you thought Brock Lesnar’s German Suplexes were impressive, you should have seen Neville deliver two consecutive German suplexes to the much larger Kevin Owens. I’m beyond impressed with Neville once again.
Kevin Owens was staggered but he put an end to the show with a vicious power bomb. I give it to Owens, this move looks so powerful that it seems impossible to kick out of.
Overall, the match was a five stars experience. And to think it was “just” a weekly NXT/developmental show….
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